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The Simple Trick To Keep Pre-Cut Apple Slices Fresh All Week
By Cynthia Anaya
Apples are a healthy, tasty snack with a shelf life of up to six weeks in the refrigerator if they're uncut. However, once you slice into the fruit or bite into the skin, the cream-colored flesh starts to turn brown within minutes, and, over time, the flesh softens and eventually becomes inedible.
When you slice or bite an apple open, you're essentially damaging the flesh and exposing it to oxygen. The oxidation then causes the exposed apple flesh to produce melanins, leading to the phenomenon known as enzymatic browning. Fortunately, salt can work as a natural preservative to slow down the oxidation process.
Per influencer and noted food blogger Nicole Keshishian Modic, the first step for keeping pre-cut apples fresh all week is filling a bowl with cold water and Kosher salt (adding half a teaspoon of Kosher salt for every cup of water). Once the salt dissolves, toss your sliced apples in the bowl for about five minutes, and then drain the apples and store them in a container.